This new piece of equipment sounds amazing. It is so new it doesn’t have FDA approval…. yet. Personally, I don’t care if it does get FDA approval or not. If it helps one person deal successfully with stubborn if not impossible to treat concussions I’m all for it. Click here to learn about the machine or here for the whole story or an excerpt below.
A functional neurologist there, Dr. Ted Carrick, noticed immediate results in patients with various brain injuries. Carrick practices chiropractic neurology, a field that uses no drugs or surgery. Carrick has since been recognized as the first to effectively use the GyroStim for brain injuries, and his profile became much bigger after he treated Crosby in 2011. The Pittsburgh Penguins star suffered a concussion in January of that year and saw little improvement for several months before seeing Carrick and undergoing treatment in the GyroStim.
“Miracles almost every day”
If the GyroStim gets FDA approval, Maher predicts it will be the “mainstream treatment” for concussions and other brain injuries.
The machines, which take two to three months to manufacture and range in price from $100,000 to $200,000, are custom built at UltraThera’s manufacturing facility in Arvada.
A typical week’s treatment using GyroStim can range from $2,500 to $6,000. But Maher predicts costs will go down when he’s able to manufacture on a mass scale, and if insurance companies are able to cover its use, pending FDA approval.
“I believe the GyroStim has the potential to help save this country’s (rear end) from the huge medical costs we’re paying out,” Maher said. “People aren’t going to have to go to expensive therapy clinics for weeks on end. It will help more people get off disability and back to work.”
He has many believers.
“The possibilities with this technology are infinite,” said Dr. Richard Turmel, a functional neurologist whose clinic in Quebec was one of the first to purchase a GyroStim. “This might be the most amazing machine I’ve ever seen in medicine, and we’re only just at the beginning. I am seeing, quite frankly, new miracles almost every day with this. There are still skeptics out there in the medical community about this, but I’m sure when electricity was first invented, some people said it might be bad.”
Larry Arlen’s son, Will, was a promising hockey goalie in Exeter, N.H., when he suffered a serious concussion during a lacrosse game in 2011.
“We took him to every M.D. neurologist we knew of, and they just all said, ‘Rest, just rest.’ It was doing nothing. He was having bad headaches and couldn’t do anything for months. He wore sunglasses all day, because the light was murder on him,” Arlen said.
Arlen, through a friend, heard about Carrick and the GyroStim and arranged a consultation for his son in 2011.
“After his first spin, he noticed a difference,” Arlen said. “Will rode it around Thanksgiving, and by Christmas the sunglasses were off.”
Will was being treated at the same time as Crosby, and the two became friends. Recently, Will Arlen signed a contract with the Atlanta Knights of the Eastern Junior Hockey League.
“That machine is absolutely amazing,” Larry Arlen said. “You can’t explain it to people. The way Dr. Carrick explained it to us was, the spinning gets everything moving again in the right direction. It wakes up the brain cells that are dormant in the vestibular system. Don’t ask me to explain it any more than that. All I know is my son is perfectly fine again.”
Functional neurologists such as Carrick and Turmel are not medical doctors. They face skepticism from the established medical community.
“If indeed this is the solution, then there are a lot of people this needs to be standardized and developed for. We can’t ignore it. But we have to study it,” Dr. Kevin Gordon, a pediatric neurologist from Halifax, Nova Scotia, told MacLean’s magazine. “Are specific exercises targeted at particular parts of the brain likely to change the way in which the brain works? It is a possibility. The question is, what’s the science behind these interventions?”
Until more studies are done, the “why” of how the machine works remains mysterious, even to those who use it and believe it has helped cure them.
“The machine is amazing, it really is,” said Hishon, who played nine games for the Lake Erie Monsters this season after nearly two years of concussion symptoms. “It just seemed to wake something up in my brain. I can’t explain it, but it definitely worked wonders with me.”